The personal care industry has produced so many interesting and unique products such as shower oils and shower masks that it is no surprise that the traditional bar of soap has not been given as much attention these days. However, even soap bars have gotten quite fancy recently, with formulations that are designed to suit a variety of skin types and concerns.

If you’re in the market for a good old classic soap bar, check out this list of highly-rated options!

1. Dove White Beauty Bar

Best moisturising soap bar - suitable for dry skin

Price from SGD3.95

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Dove’s soap bars are an affordable yet widely-liked classic, and this White Beauty Bar features a moisturising formulation that works on both the face and body. It is unscented and paraben-free, with a mild cleansing agent that does not strip the skin of natural oils and moisture. It also has Dove’s signature ¼ moisturising cream, which will help you maintain soft and healthy-looking skin.

2. Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar

Best for face and sensitive skin - suitable for eczema and psoriasis

Price from SGD13.20

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This soap-free cleansing bar uses a “bare minimum” formula that ensures the gentlest cleanse without disrupting highly reactive skin types. It can be used on both face and body, and rinses easily. The ingredients include glycerin for moisturisation and does not contain any harsh detergents. 

3. SheaMoisture African Black Soap Bar – Acne-Prone & Troubled Skin

Best for acne

Price from SGD19.50

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A cult-favourite of the beauty world, African Black Soap is considered a highly effective ingredient for irritated and blemish-prone skin. This soap bar has a combination of several botanical ingredients, including tamarind peel, palm ash and more to help with excessive oil production. Vitamin E, oat extract and aloe are also helpful to soothe breakouts and reactive skin. 

4. L'Occitane Roses Et Reines Extra-Gentle Soap

Best for body

Price from SGD8.50

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For a gentle cleanse with a heavenly scent, try this soap bar from L’Occitane. It is enriched with rose water and rose flower oil, along with sunflower seed oil to help balance your skin’s hydration and pH levels. Rose is also high in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties, and the scent can also act as a mood enhancer to help you relax.

5. The Body Shop British Rose Exfoliating Soap

Best for lathering

Price from SGD9.00

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Pamper your skin with a rich foaming lather with this exfoliating soap bar, which contains actual rose petals. Massaging the lather into your skin will help you achieve soft and smooth skin that feels moisturised. The formula also includes glycerin, shea butter, soybean oil and hibiscus flower extract to help condition and hydrate the skin. 

6. Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar

Best for oily skin

Price from SGD60.00

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With a formulation that has been around for over 75 years, this is truly one of the best detoxifying cleansing bars that you can find. The therapeutic Dead Sea mud refines your complexion, improves blood circulation and encourages skin renewal. It has a naturally exfoliating formula, removing blackheads and impurities while also balancing and nourishing the skin with minerals. While it is recommended for the face, it can also be used on the body.

7. GALLINÉE Cleansing Bar

Best antibacterial soap bar

Price from SGD23.00

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It is important that you don’t strip the skin of good bacteria as they are helpful to protect your skin. This soap-free cleansing bar uses prebiotics, which supports the skin’s good bacteria but has an antibacterial effect against bad bacteria. It also has lactic acid to help provide a gentle exfoliation and improve the skin’s natural moisture barrier. 

8. Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal - Deep Cleanse Detoxifying Soap Bar

Best charcoal soap bar

Price from SGD19.00

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If you need a detoxifying soap bar to deal with body acne and blemishes, then this bamboo charcoal soap bar is an excellent option. It is made purely from all-natural ingredients including tea tree oil and kaolin clay, but its star ingredient is activated bamboo charcoal that helps to draw out impurities from the skin’s pores, giving you a deep cleanse that is great for oily and blemish-prone skin.

Disclaimer: The pricing shown is just a good indication of how much these products are worth. The prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on. If some of the products are not available, do email us at [email protected] Thank you! 

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